Contemporary medicine is no longer the ‘art of healing’ (Hippocrates), it has become an elaborated and highly technical practice. There has been a tremendous evolution in knowledge, technical possibilities and communication assets. In an ever-changing world socio-cultural, ethical and juridical aspects of medicine become more and more prominent. The individual physician needs more and more support of academic authorities, professional societies and industrial partners. These bodies are bound to collaborate between themselves in order to restore and preserve patient health.
In 2004, the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) decided to establish a platform for this kind of collaboration in the field of scientific research and standardization. It decided to combine clinical experience, scientific thoughts and investigation among gynaecological endoscopists and practioners. Hence, the European Academy of Gynaecological Endoscopy (EAGE or +he Academy) was founded in September 2004 as independent, non-profit organization under Belgian law by Dr. R. Campo, Prof. D. Wallwiener, Prof. A. Wattiez and Dr. Y. Van Belle.
In August 2007, the name of the organisation changed to The European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery (EAGS) to harmonize with the name of the journal published by the ESGE. In the past ten years the numerous in- and outdoors activities of +he Academy, combined with the elaboration of a solid internal organisation, has resulted in a considerable extension of +he Academy. A group of collaborators with complementary experiences is active in a brand new building located in Leuven.
The Academy founders: